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Foundations & Framing

  • Coated I-Joists

    PKI Engineered I-Joists get their distinctive pink color from a nontoxic coating that the maker says resists fire, repels water, and prevents mold growth.

     
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    Product: Altruwood Hand-Hewn Beams

    Timber from dismantled barns in New England and the Midwest.

     
  • No-Leak Membrane for Concrete Footings

    The Delta Footing Barrier is a three-ply impermeable membrane that goes on top of freshly poured footings before the foundation is built.

     
  • Post Wrap

    Versatex has added 4-by-6-inch and 8-by-8-inch sizes to its precut Versawrap PVC column cladding for rough-sawn wood posts (existing sizes are 4 by 4 inches and 6 by 6 inches.)

     
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    Burn Notice: LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB

    Meet code in row houses, multifamily dwellings, and other buildings using FlameBlock fire-rated OSB for structural strength and fire protection in one.

     
  • Reinforcing Straps For Compromised Framing

    The next time the plumber goes berserk with a Sawzall, it might not take so long to repair the damage.

     
  • Faster Through-Bolt

    If you're still using a socket wrench to fasten posts or beams, you might want to check out the ThruLok Screw Bolt Fastening System.

     
  • Insulated Framing Materials Block Thermal Bridging

    Weyerhaeuser has introduced a line of framing material designed to reduce thermal bridging.

     
  • Prefab Arches

    Want to avoid the hassle of fabricating curved framing on site? Consider sending the plans to Custom-Arch and letting someone else do the work.

     
  • Adjustable Level

    The Plumb Perfect Level features end gauges that can be dialed in or out to compensate for imperfect framing (or to establish a slope).

     
  • Joist Hanger Thumb-Saver

    Years ago, a black-and-blue thumb was the mark of all carpenters; now it’s the sign of someone who installs framing connectors.

     
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    Sliding Nuts

    Over time, as the wood in a structure shrinks, continuous-rod seismic hold-downs can loosen and become less effective. The RAS Nut by Ratcheting Anchor Systems moves with the structure to stay tight.

     
  • Extreme Temperature Formula Low-VOC Subfloor And Deck Construction Adhesive

    Liquid Nails’ new Extreme Temperature Formula low-VOC subfloor and deck construction adhesive can be gunned by hand at temperatures down to 22°F, and will stick to wet, frozen, and treated lumber readily and won’t dissolve foams and plastics.

     
  • Strong-Drive SDW Screws - For Fastening Multiple Trusses

    Made specifically for fastening multiple trusses and engineered-wood assemblies, Strong-Drive SDW screws can be used to join up to four plies of 2-by or 1 3/4-inch-thick materials from one side of the assembly.

     
  • Fiberglass Window Frames

    Fiberglass windows are stronger than vinyl, insulate better than aluminum, and cost less than solid wood, say manufacturers.

     
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    Anthony Forest Products Glulam Beams

    Power Preserved glulam beams are treated with Cop-Guard, a solvent-based copper naphthenate formulation.

     
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    Dry Wall

    Cosella-Dörken’s three-ply Delta Footing Barrier keeps groundwater out of walls by providing a waterproof break between a building’s footing and its foundation

     
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    Rockler Model 31166 Corrugated Fastener Nailer

    Rather than build frames in place stick by stick, some trimmers assemble door and window casings on the floor and shoot them into place on the wall.

     
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    Grabber Joist Jaws

    Framers and deck builders struggling to position long joists can give themselves an extra hand with Joist Jaws by Grabber.

     
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    Bosch SN350-20F Framing Nailer

    When Bosch introduced its first line of pneumatic nailers last spring, it claimed that the tools were 20 percent smaller and 10 percent more powerful than the competition.

     
 
 
 
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